They often say that it’s a “man’s world”. While that old adage use to hold very true, these days we are seeing a shift in economic and political power. Both the Democratic and Republican race for president is filled with women challengers, and formidable ones at that! Some of the largest companies in the world are now steered by women. Consider that the top jobs at both Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo are held by women. In fact, General Motors which has a long and storied bureaucracy, and it known for its old boys network, is now held by a woman. That same woman, Mary Barra, was recently recognized as the most powerful woman in the world. Despite these gains and advances in power and authority, women still have to retain a competitive edge over their male peers. If not to remain sharp and focused, then to control the perception of such.

It may sound trivial, but brain and memory games (similar to these suggested on the NeuroNation’s blog) can be a great tool in keeping sharp during those off days. We all need a break from work and the stress that it carries. However, our brains are to us mentally what our muscles are to us physically. The “use it or lose it” motto couldn’t apply more here! Regardless if it’s the weekend, you’re on vacation, or even simply taking a mental break from work, these games can be a fun and stress free way to keep your mind sharp without all the undue worries and stress.

Another tool for retaining that competitive edge is to join like-minded organizations and clubs. There are investor clubs, women in society, women in power groups, you name it and they have a social group for it. You can run ideas by similar minded individuals such as yourself. This is a great way for coming up with new ideas and running current ones by your peers.

Women in power are often invited to sit on Board or Directors for companies in their industry. If you are invited then take full advantage. This can help establish industry and career connections that you may need later on in life. Even if you haven’t been invited to sit on a board, start making some calls and contacts and see what’s available. Even sitting on the board of a smaller non-profit can be a great stepping stone for future opportunities.